Martha Nell Smith is Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Professor of English, and Founding Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH http://www.mith.umd.edu) at the University of Maryland. Her numerous print publications include five singly and coauthored books—Emily Dickinson, A User’s Guide (2017); Companion to Emily Dickinson (Jan 2008); Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson’s Intimate Letters to Susan Dickinson (1998; Choice); Comic Power in Emily Dickinson (1993; Choice); Rowing in Eden: Rereading Emily Dickinson (1992; Hans Rosenhaupt First Book Award Honorable Mention, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation)—and scores of articles and essays in journals and collections such as American Literature, Present Tense: Rock & Roll and Culture, Textual Cultures, ESQ, Studies in the Literary Imagination, Journal of Victorian Culture, South Atlantic Quarterly, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Profils Americains, San Jose Studies, The Emily Dickinson Journal, ESQ, Journal of Victorian Culture, and A Companion to Digital Humanities. Most recently, working with Professor Baihua Wang of Fudan University (Shanghai), Smith has edited sections on Dickinson for three different international journals—Comparative Literature, World Literature, Cowrie: A Journal of Comparative Literature and Culture, and the International Journal of Poetry and Poetics. At present she is completing Everywoman Her Own Theology: Essays On and Interviews With Alicia Suskin Ostriker (ed. with Julie Enszer), Lives of Susan Dickinson, and Life Before Last: Martha Dickinson Bianchi's Memoir (ed. with Jane Wald, Executive Director of the Emily Dickinson Museum).
Smith is also Coordinator and Executive Editor of the Dickinson Electronic Archives projects at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) at the University of Virginia (http://emilydickinson.org). Smith co-edited Emily Dickinson’s Correspondence: A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry (2008; http://rotunda.upress.virginia.edu/edc) published by Rotunda New Digital Scholarship, University of Virginia Press, and worked in the early stages on the Mellon-sponsored data mining and visualization initiative, NORA (2003-2007), which grew into MONK (Metadata Offer New Knowledge; http://www.monkproject.org/). Smith also serves on the Advisory Board of Harvard University Press’s Emily Dickinson Archive (http://edickinson.org). The recipient of numerous awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Mellon Foundation, and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) for her work on Dickinson, American literary history, and in new media, Smith is a founding board member of the Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS), for which she has served as President since August 2013. On the editorial board and steering committee of NINES (Networked Interface for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship; http://www.nines.org), she serves in an advisory capacity for C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, and is on numerous advisory boards of digital literary projects such as The Poetess Archive and the Melville Electronic Library (MEL). A leader in innovations in academic publishing, Smith served on the Executive Council of the Association for Computers in the Humanities (2001-2004), co-chaired the Modern Language Association (MLA)’s Committee on Scholarly Editions (CSE, 2004-2008), and chaired the University of Maryland’s Library Council (2008-2011). At present Smith chairs the MLA Forum Executive Committee on Sexuality Studies (formerly Gay Studies in Language and Literature).
For outstanding scholarly achievement and innovative leadership in which diversity inheres in any definition of excellence, Livingston College at Rutgers University awarded Smith its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009, the highest honor that the college bestows upon its former students. In 2010, Smith was named a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland, and in 2011 she was appointed ADVANCE Professor in the College of Arts and Humanities as part of a NSF-funded project to cultivate inclusive excellence, and in 2012 was appointed an ADVANCE Fellow. In May 2011, Smith was voted Chair-Elect of the University of Maryland Senate, and became Chair for the 2012-2013 term.
Ph.D., Rutgers, 1985
M.A., Rutgers, 1982
B.A., Livingston College, Rutgers University, 1977 - Most Outstanding Student
""Dwell Always in Possibility,” Spectra: The Magazine of the National Communication Association. Special Issue on Commencement and Communication 52.2 (Spring 2016), 14-16. Reflections on Commencement by a University Marshal.
"Manuscripts, Print, Digital: Reading Emily Dickinson in Translation,” Comparative Literature, World Literature (CLWL), Journal of the Chinese Comparative Literature Association, Peking University Press (December 2015), 214-225.
“Introduction to Essays on Translating Emily Dickinson,” and essays, with Baihua Wang, Fudan University. Comparative Literature, World Literature (CLWL), 182-184, 184-213.
“Introduction to Essays on Emily Dickinson,” and essays, with Baihua Wang, Fudan University, COWRIE: A Journal of Comparative Literature and Culture 13.1 (2015), 1-115.
“Unable and Unwilling: the Other Woman’s Love Poem for the Wife,” Great Writers Occupy Golden Handcuffs Review 20 (Spring 2015), 272-277. A response to Joseph Donahue’s “Unable” in “a continuing anthology of the best and liveliest innovative writing.”
"Forever Young: Rereading Emily Dickinson,” Cambridge Companion to American Poets, ed. Mark Richardson (Cambridge University Press 2015), 119-135.
"Civil War(s) and Dickinson’s Manuscript Book Reconstructions, Deconstructed: the Archives of our Attentions,” for Dickinson’s Fascicles: A Spectrum of Possibilities, ed. by Paul Crumbley and Eleanor Elson Heginbotham (Ohio State University Press 2014), 130-149.
"Frozen Social Relations and Time for a Thaw: Visibility, Exclusions, and Considerations for Postcolonial Digital Archives," Journal of Victorian Culture 19.3 (2014): 403-410. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/GDnmrveWHzthUxIJFCzu/full#.VIG0HaTF8tE or http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13555502.2014.947189
"Editorial History (of Dickinson) I: Beginnings to 1855," Emily Dickinson in Context, ed. Eliza Richards (Cambridge University Press 2013), 271-281.
"A New Daguerreotype of Emily Dickinson?" Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin 24.2 (November/December 2012), 1, 4-5.
"The Dickinson Electronic Archives 2: http://emilydickinson.org," with Marta Werner. Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin 24.1 (May/June 2012), 8-9.
"The Humanities Are Not a Luxury: A Manifesto for the 21st Century," Liberal Education 97.1 (Winter 2011).
"'Salvate la soldatessa Emily': prima di affidarsi a una User's Guide" (trans. Elisa Biagini), Emily Dickinson: "Ho sentito la vita con entrambe le mani," a cura di Domenico De Martino e Elisa Biagini (Milano: Biblion edizioni, 2010), 14-19.
“A Hazard of a Letter’s Fortunes: Epistolarity and the Technology of Audience in Emily Dickinson’s Correspondences,” in Reading Emily Dickinson’s Letters: Critical Essays, ed. Jane Donahue Eberwein and Cindy MacKenzie (University of Massachusetts Press, 2009), 239-256.
“Enabling Undergraduates to Understand Advanced Humanities Research: Teaching with the Dickinson Electronic Archives,” in Teaching Language and Literature Online, ed. Ian Lancashire (New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009), 278-289.
“Enabling Intellectual Collaboration: The Use of Wikis and Blogs,” (750 words), in Teaching Language and Literature Online, ed. Ian Lancashire (New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009), 428-430.
"Public, Private Spheres: What Reading Emily Dickinson’s Mail Taught me about Civil Wars.” Companion to Emily Dickinson, ed. Martha Nell Smith and Mary Loeffelholz (Oxford, Malden, MA, and Carlton, Victoria, Australia: Blackwell Publishing, 2008), 58-78.
“Elements of Blank, Formal Feelings, and An Autobiography of Chronic Pain” (3000 words), in ‘Wider Than the Sky’: Essays and Meditations on the Healing Power of Emily Dickinson, ed. Cynthia MacKenzie and Barbara Dana (Kent State University Press, 2007), 115-121.
“’That Never Told CAN Be’: May Swenson’s Manuscript Witnesses” (5500 words), in Body My House: May Swenson’s Work and Life, ed. Paul Crumbley and Patricia M. Gantt (Utah State University Press, 2006), 107-120.
Advisory Board, Emily Dickinson Archive (released 21 October 2013), Harvard University Press/Houghton Library. Appointed 2012.
ADVANCE Professor, College of Arts and Humanities, NSF-funded interdisciplinary Program for Inclusive excellence (http://advance.umd.edu). 2011-2012. ADVANCE Fellow, 2012 to the present.
Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, University of Maryland. Awarded 2010.
Livingston College Distinguished Alumni Award, Rutgers University and Livingston Alumni Association. May 16, 2009. (Video Biography: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e6wD4IgweA)
Athletic Council, University of Maryland, 2013-2016
Council of University Senate Faculty (CUSF), 2013-2014
President's Commission on UMD and Big Ten/CIC Integration, Spring 2013
Chair-Elect & Chair, University Senate, 2011-2013
Chair, University Library Council (ULC), 2008-2011